Born in Aubervilliers on November 15, 1976, Ledoyen got her first taste of show business when, as a five-year-old model, she was used for an advertisement made by a friend of her mother's. The experience got her hooked on acting, and at the age of seven she began attending the Parisian drama school l'Ecole du Spectacle. Three years later, she appeared in her first film, Les exploits d'un jeune Don Juan, and a year after that, she began acting on the stage. Hailed as everything from the "leadeuse" of the new generation of French actresses to a young Isabelle Adjani or Sophie Marceau, Virginie Ledoyen is one of the fastest rising stars of the early 21st century. Bearing a dark-eyed, agile beauty, Ledoyen has brought fresh, bona fide talent to the face of both French and international cinema.